Malik Yusef Drops a Few More Details About the New Kanye Album

Lindsay Hood

By Lindsay Hood

on 10.06.14 in News

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Chicago rapper Malik Yusef said that he’s been hard at work helping Kanye West finish the follow-up to last year’s Yeezus. Apparently there’s “over 20 tracks” currently in the mix, but Yusef would not even hint at their names.

However, he did let RS know that:

This album is different. It’s like a pair of Timberlands; like how Timberlands are not quite leather and not quite suede. It’s not the smooth, slick Chicago music sound we have right now and it’s not the ruggedness of just ‘hip-hop hip-hop hip-hop.’ We’re still working like a motherfucker. We’ve been all around the world [recording]… We fought over Yeezus every day. There was no friendly disagreements. It was definitely a war. It’s ‘I don’t give a fuck, Malik. It’s a Kanye album, not a Malik Yusef album.’ Kanye’s kicked me off the label eight times.

Although we’re not sure about the comparison to footwear, at least it sounds like the recording process has been a bit easier for Yusef this time around.

These aren’t the first hints that we’ve received regarding the imminent deadline of West’s new opus. Two weeks ago, Theophilus London claimed to have heard the album at a listening party in Paris, only to become disgruntled with the press when they jumped on the story. (Although London never did say that the album was “finished,” it’s a bit fishy that he mentioned it at all if not to draw media attention.)

Meanwhile Yeezus is still very much part of the public consciousness. In an interview with Newsweek, producer and musician Flying Lotus (whose album You’re Dead! was released today) mentioned that he was disappointed not to be included on the Yeezus roster. He stated, “I should have been on it. It was kind of weird that I wasn’t. Just being totally real, not on some ego shit…. I was like, ‘They didn’t even call!’… That’s my favorite one of his albums. I really wish I was part of it.”

West has continued to remain vague about a release date, but today he was outspoken about his support of John Galliano’s new role as the Creative Director of Martin Margiela.

After all, what are a few racist and antisemitic remarks between friends? Ahem.